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Cottage Grove reserve officers graduate academy

Cottage Grove Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Craig Woolery (right) introduces the four Cottage Grove citizens who completed the eight-week reserves course. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Four Cottage Grove residents survived the eight-week police reserves course designed to test their law enforcement skills.

Laura Austgen, Jason Harder, Matt Jordan and Jim Nowak were recognized last week by the City Council for completing their training.

Led by Cottage Grove police officer Adam Pelton, the four grads participated in exercises related to data privacy, report writing, defensive tactics, practical exercises and live scenarios. The coursework also touched on CPR training, how to use a Taser and dealing with animal calls.

“This is for a group of citizen volunteers who are looking for a career in law enforcement or just looking to give back to the community,” Pelton said.

The Cottage Grove reserve officers provide assistant to full-time police officers and help with events and parade detail, among other duties.